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Covid-19 and recollection of Nick Watney

On June 19, Nick Watney became the first PGA Tour golfer infected with Covid-19, before starting the second round of the RBC Heritage at the Harbor Town Golf Link.


PGA Tour reopened the arena from June 11, with the first leg of Charles Schwab Challenge clean nCoV. The good news came not long after the next week, the 39-year-old was found infected and withdrew from the RBC Heritage after the opening round hit 74 strokes.
Watney suddenly became the focus of attention in Harbor Town, but not from what is shown in the game. After a period of treatment and returning to the competition, the golfer who owns 5 Tour titles has shared on Golf Digest about his “surreal” experience with Covid-19.
At the time of receiving a positive nCoV result, Watney was frightened because there was less information about the virus than today. He also stayed with his wife and children before, had scrims with colleagues and interacted with many people. “I definitely don’t want to infect anyone. When everyone was tested negative, things got a little more relieved.
Watney attracted more attention from the media. “I started making interview requests that I never received before. At one point, I got a place on “The Today Show”, something that even my greatest success with the game has yet to achieve, “Watney shared about the unique memory that came with returning becomes the first tour golfer to become infected. “It’s strange to see my name on ESPN’s bottom line every few minutes, for a problem not related to my golfing.”
Having just been rematched after three months of hiatus, and then another two weeks of medical isolation, Watney did not perform as expected. However, Watney does not believe that Covid-19 is the main reason why he repeatedly missed the cut and only two tournaments won the weekend in the second half of 2020.
In addition, Watney also positively assessed the way that the Tour set up a barrier for disease screening and prevention. “I think the executives have done a great job, with the tournaments going well and seriously. We have been playing again for six months. Obviously there are new cases but at most a week, only a few cases or even less ”.

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American Golf suffers from hard damage due to Covid-19

The pandemic has made the American golf field lose 20 million each play just during the period of 2 months, according to the latest report of the National Golf Foundation (NGF).

NGF is a highly recognized golf specialized research organization in the US. This agency estimates the number of rounds that American golf has lost from March to April to be equivalently one billion dollars. This is also the loss of American golf revenue during the peak period of the epidemic, not including events, cuisine, and retail of specialized products.

Before the crisis, NGF recorded the number of golf rounds to undergo the double-digit growth during the first and second months of February. However, due to the negative effects of the pandemic made on the whole world and its consequences for the socio-economy in the US this ratio – in comparison to the same period in last year decreased by 9% in March, 42% in April and 16% for the whole industry.

According to NGF statistics in 2019, the US has 16,383 golf courses in total and more than 50% of them were closed in almost April. However, by the beginning of May, American golf began to prosper again, with 79% of golf rounds have been re-opened. As of June 7, this rate is 98%, 6% higher than the retail segment of golf courses.

In addition, NGF has also collected various opinions from the golf community in the current issue of playing golf in a “new normal” condition despite the fact that many places still recommend “social distance”. The results showed that more than 50% of the participants felt comfortable to maintain a distance of one meter or less with people around them.

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PGA TOUR AND 3 MONTHS OF DIFFICULTIES

After 3 months of a lot of ups and downs being caused by Covid-19, PGA Tour will be held again, kicked off with the Charles Schwab Challenge – which will take place on the 11th of June, on the Colonial Stadium of Forrt Worth, Texas.

Covid-19 made a huge impact on PGA Tour, which forced it to be closed on the 13th of March. Many difficulties have arrived which are over the control of PGA Tour organizors. They did not get a clue how the animated atmosphere of the event can be blown off by such an invisible thing like Covid-19 during an unbelievable short time.

During the latest days of January, 2020, golfers and fans have been enjoyed the pre-golf festival atmosphere with Waste Management Phoenix Open tournament being held on the TPC Scottdales stadium in Arizona. Spectators felt fastinated with many impressive golf kicks on the hole 16, par3. This is the 16th event of PGA Tour 2019-2020.

Until now, the tournament has undergone a lot of impressive and successfull seasons. Tiger Woods won Zozo Championship on the recent October to make the record of earning 82 PGA Tour titles accompanied with the legend Sam Snead. Rory McIlroy earned the WGC-HSBC Champions cup in Shanghai at the beginning of November and will make a return to be the top 1 golf star in the world. At the same period of time, Jusstin Thomas has become the champion 2 times, once with the Cj Cup taking place in Korea, before Woods 1 week with the Sentry Tournament of Champions helding for the champions at the beginning of the year.

During just a short period of time, international press constinuously made news about nCoV. The complex and hard-to-predict status of this dangerous pandemic has forced WHO to make official annoucement and warnings to nations to prepare timely measurement with the viewing to preventing the large spreading of Covid-19. However, local authority kept the status of the pandemic under the level of “social distancing”.